Does Parks and Recreation season 2 live up to the hype?
Updated: Dec 31, 2022
I still found Leslie and Ann to be the best characters, and I give lots of credit to April for moving up from intern to a full-time employee. I'm still not super keen on Tom or Andy, though. I will say Tom did grow a lot from the first and I gained a better understanding of him and his wife’s relationship. I also still found Andy extreme and childish in the season, though, even for him. I will give him points for finding employment, but there's still a tremendous amount of growing up to do.
One part I thought was ironic, yet funny, was when we find out that Leslie is a crazy hoarder given she's so organized with her work life. I would think that she'd have been a clean freak, but the house was in a way a reflection of her thought process. And it was remarkable that even though it looked like a mess, she could find things in it. I am also happy that April was finally able to separate herself from her quote-unquote relationship with her gay friend and his boyfriend who show themselves to be childish with no consideration for her feelings at all. So, I was very happy when she ended things with them. Lastly, I was very pleased Leslie was able to fill the pit outside of Ann’s house.
One thing I did not like was how his wife had relations with Ron Swanson without thinking about how that would affect Tom's feelings. I know the relationship might not have been the most conventional form of marriage, but it makes sense that over the years, Tom did develop deep feelings for Wendy since I've found that happens to people in real life. I am happy that April was finally able to separate herself from her quote-unquote relationship with her gay friend and his boyfriend who show themselves to be childish with no consideration for her feelings at all. So, I was very happy when she ended things with them.
A character that I didn't like was Councilman Bill Dexhart and how he was constantly embroiled in scandals. He just seemed like a hedonist that was not suited for public office because always seem to care about sex. He seemed like a teenager trapped in a fully grown body who has not yet learned to control himself. I also thought Ann’s old "friend" who she eventually set up with Leslie was a humongous showoff who just enjoyed talking about the amazing things that he has been able to Normally, I would not think that is showboating, but he did it constantly and it got annoying after a while.
In conclusion, I thought the season lived up to the hype. I recommend this show to everyone who is saying something because I normally don't watch comedies, so I'm confident anyone can enjoy the show and find something to enjoy. To my surprise, I think I'll be looking to finish the rest of the show! You can buy all the seasons on Amazon or stream them on Peacock.